Ore. House approves online charter schools bill

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon House has voted to approve a bill expanding online charter schools after defeating the measure a day earlier.

The 33-27 vote on Tuesday sends the measure to the Senate. Democratic lawmakers changed their votes to support the measure after Republican backers agreed to support follow-up legislation that would create a structure for governing online schools.

The bill is among the most controversial of 14 education bills under consideration on Tuesday. It failed in a 30-30 tie on Monday and the House locked up, opting not to continue voting on the remaining measures.

The House also voted Tuesday to take the state schools chief off the ballot. The bill would designate the governor as the superintendent of public instruction. The position is currently a separately elected position.